I once worked on a new silhouette for Blondie on a People Magazine cover. Not because she had a bad figure, but because her clothes were bunching-up in the photograph. It is standard. Now that retouching is done digitally instead of with airbrushes, Frisket and dyes, they are creating some real monsters!
I used to work in the retouching industry for New York publishers and advertising agencies, before PhotoShop. This sort of distortion is a tradition in the fashion and women’s magazine fields; it is a chief cause of anorexia and other eating disorders.